Sam Burgess reveals how Russell Crowe convinced him to join his beloved South ...

'I was hell-bent on Manly': Sam Burgess reveals how Russell Crowe convinced him to join his beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs - despite thinking the actor's first approach was a hoax South Sydney captain Sam Burgess could have been a Manly Sea Eagle instead Burgess was eyeing a move to Manly in 2009 before Russell Crowe stepped in Crowe managed to recruit Burgess to the Rabbitohs after multiple meetings 

By Adam Mccleery For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 02:26 BST, 27 June 2019 | Updated: 02:55 BST, 27 June 2019

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South Sydney and England rugby league captain Sam Burgess has revealed he was 'hell-bent' on playing for Manly Sea Eagles until he received a telephone call from film star Russell Crowe.    

In 2009 Burgess was playing for Bradford in the English Super League when he started to consider playing for the NRL, he told The Matty Johns podcast. 

At the time, Burgess was playing with a former Manly Sea Eagles great, Steve Menzies, and said he had grown to love the man known as 'Beaver'.

South Sydney and England rugby league captain Sam Burgess (pictured) has opened up about his path to the NRL and how he only had eyes for the Manly Sea Eagles at first

South Sydney and England rugby league captain Sam Burgess (pictured) has opened up about his path to the NRL and how he only had eyes for the Manly Sea Eagles at first

Burgess (pictured) said when Russell Crowe first started to court him for South Sydney he thought it was a hoax and he only had eyes for the Manly Sea Eagles at the time

Burgess (pictured) said when Russell Crowe first started to court him for South Sydney he thought it was a hoax and he only had eyes for the Manly Sea Eagles at the time 

'Beaver is such a champion guy and he came over initially to Bradford … I told him I had an ambition to play in the NRL and he said mate you gotta go,' Burgess said.

Menzies encouraged Burgess further by giving him then Manly coach Des Hasler's phone number. 

‘I was ringing Desi, Desi listen I’ll come, I don’t want any

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